August Empties

Another month over and a new empties post for you to feast your eyes on.

It’s been a busy ol’ month and finally the house feels like it’s coming together. I will be doing a few home related posts soon which I can’t wait to write-up and share with you all, but as usual the end of the month brings my empty products and a chance to share my thoughts about them. I’ve used 5 products up this month and they have mixed reviews as well so I hope you enjoy them.

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First up is the Absolute Dream Clean cleanser from Formula 10.0.6. I bought this whilst in New Zealand last year as part of a set. This great creamy cleanser foams well when water is added and isn’t harsh on the skin. The only negative I would say is that it is quite drying and leaves you needing a fair whack of moisturiser afterwards to soothe the skin. My overall rating is 3/5.

Next up is the St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub. I bought this when my skin was really bad before my holidays and I was struggling with covering blemishes up. I started using the scrub immediately and admit, the smell is what incentivized me. The scrub is gentle but does scrub the dead skin away and help to get into the pores to clean them out. I used it once a week and did start to see a big improvement but found you couldn’t use it too often without being harsh on the skin. My overall rating is 4/5.

In terms of my hair, this month I finished Schwarzkopf Supersoft Colour Shine Conditioner. I have to say, I was rather disappointed by this conditioner. When I condition normally it leaves my hair soft and shiny and easy to brush through any knots. With this particular product I found it didn’t have the same effect as others I have used. It is a cheap product and you can pick it up for around £1 but I wouldn’t repurchase it again. My overall rating is 1/5.

Back to the face again and I finished a little travel size Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster spf30. I absolutely swear by this stuff now and loved using it on holiday earlier in summer. I have carried on using it as I know the importance of using sunscreen wherever possible and love using it to act as a primer before applying my makeup. I love the brand anyway and think this is a great product that it has to offer. I will definitely be buying it again for my holidays next year. My overall rating is 5/5.

Last but not least is the Soft & Gentle roll on deodorant. This one is orange blossom and grapefruit and smells amazing. I love roll on deodorants rather than spray cans as you minimise the risk of getting white marks on your clothes with them. This range is fab and has so many different scents to choose from. I already have as couple more in the cupboard as I love them so much. My overall rating is 4/5.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my monthly empties. While you’re reading let me know what you think of my photograph. I decided to change the background from my usual tile option and think I like this one much better.

Thanks for stopping by.

Laura x

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Il Commendatore Playa Blanca Marina Review

What seems like forever ago now, Bob & I ventured off for a 2 week break to Lanzarote and stayed in the lovely resort of Playa Blanca. Being massive foodies we were really impressed with the huge choice of restaurants and eateries for us to enjoy and definitely indulged a lot during the 14 day break. I want to share one of the restaurants we visited which was part of our half board deal with Thomas Cook: Il Commendatore Italian restaurant.

It was positioned perfectly on the marina and is a bustling restaurant with incredible food and service. Here are a few of the snaps I took during my visit there, I wish I’d taken more but we got way too caught up in the food and vibe. (I know, bad Blogger eh?)

The View

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The Fiance

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The wine

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Just one of the excellent dishes we ate.

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I’m sorry I didn’t take more but we absolutely loved the vibe of the restaurant and just enjoyed being relaxed for the first time in ages. Playa Blanca is a beautiful place and we are hoping to go back next year for a short break again. I will be sharing some more foodie and travel posts soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Laura x

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The Real Side of Working in a Retail Store

I’ve regularly discussed in posts before that I work in the financial services industry but before that I worked for a high street clothing store that many of you will know and love. Now I won’t disclose the name because I don’t really see the need at this point but I wanted to talk to you about some of the pros and cons of working in a clothing store first hand.

Pro Numero Uno:

The discount! Now most stores offer some sort of discount for their employees but mine was brilliant. For 18months of my working life I spent a huge part of my wages back on clothing. It was essential to wear the clothing that the store had on offer at the time in some way so you found yourself buying lots of things just because. You might see this as a con in some ways but I’m a good saver anyway so any other money I didn’t spend, went into savings.

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Pro Number 2:

The people. I was pretty lucky that my time in retail was very positive in regards to the people I worked with. I met some lovely people who genuinely made my time working there a lot more fun. It can be a fantastic environment a lot of the time and there’s always plenty of people to help you pick an outfit for a special occasion at least.

Con A:

Thefts or attempted thefts. I worked at Monks Cross retail park so there were security guards anyway who regularly popped by and we had a radio that allowed us to communicate to not only them but the other stores. Whenever someone was on front of house duty, they were in charge of keeping a watchful eye out on customers and manning the radio. I can’t tell you how many times people attempted to steal things and it never was one of two items, they tried to steal loads of things every time. How smart do these people think they are. Even when we introduced tamper proof labels to the store, people were still attempting to grab and dash. The labels always did the trick and there was no thefts with them on. I recently read an article that said 49% of people buying items, hate the tamper proof labels via Data Label. I myself don’t mind them at all and from an employees perspective, they helped to reduce losses to your store which affects the performance.

Con Deux

The customers. Not every single time I might add, but very occasionally you will get a demanding customer who really wants you to magic something up from thin air, or go into the back and whip up one yourself on a sewing machine. It’s very tempting to get mad at them and give them all sorts of hell but unsurprisingly you cannot. The customer is always right in retail and that’s the way it is. It would be nice to let your sass out but you just have to learn to deal with things and know it’s not something you’ve done, just something else that’s potentially wronged them that day.

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Now I’m hoping I haven’t put any of you off a career in a retail store because by any means, I loved my time there and the pros certainly outweighed the cons. Sadly it wasn’t the career path for me but whilst at college, I had an absolute ball.

Let me know if you’ve had any similar experiences.

Laura

*This has been a collaborative post but all thoughts and writing are my own as usual*

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